ESOF2020 Trieste – INTERVIEW #1 Michael Matlosz

EuroScience President Michael Matlosz explains the challenges of organising the 9th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF2020) conference during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference will be held in Trieste, 2-6 September 2020 in an innovative hybrid format.

ESOF2020 – What to expect? Interview with Michael Matlosz, president of EuroScience

EuroScience President Michael Matlosz explains the challenges of organising the 9th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference during the ongoin…

Video Highlights

2:15 ESOF2020 initially planned for 5-9 July 2020, postponed to 2-6 September 2020 due to ongoing sanitary crisis 

2:38 ESOF2020 is a tool for social and societal dialogue between the scientific community and the general public

3:00 Citizens with expectations from science during the current crisis look at ESOF2020 for informed discussion

3:20 Travel restrictions dictated by the health authorities were the main challenge in the organisation of ESOF2020

3:40 The conference went from a purely physical event to a hybrid event allowing physical and remote participation

4:00 President Matlosz will be physically present at the conference, but 80% of the attendees are expected to be remote

4:15 Hybrid solution shows potential for increased participation, might influence organisation of future editions

4:30 Conference program modified to include sessions on responses to the COVID-19 epidemic

4:50 EuroScience will moderate a symposium on doing research in time of global crisis

5:10 Matlosz: “Responding to this challenge, we created an even more attractive event.” 

5:30 Future editions of ESOF will incorporate the lessons learnt from the 2020 challenge

6:00 Registrations open until the day before the event on the ESOF2020 website

More information about the conference here.

Interview and Video by Federica Bressan

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